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The Spotlight Fallacy|
The spotlight fallacy causes one to assume that reality is like the exceptional cases highlighted in the news. You would not think that all people in your home town are murderers just because the police caught a murderer in your town. An event, a novel or documentary film can also put issues in the spotlight and suddenly makes you particularly aware of one or another aspect of them. "Newsworthy events" always put the spotlight on unrepresentative facets of societies and places. After all, it is only newsworthy if it is exceptional. There are no headlines that say "Today billions of people didn't get killed by a terror attack."
The spotlight fallacy is common in perceptions of the Middle East. Israel is not a war zone like Vietnam or Iraq, where everyone is under constant fire, and neither is Palestine, though that is the impression created by the media. Palestinian Arabs are not all poor or all terrorists, and Israeli Jews are not all orthodox settlers who live in Hebron and come from Brooklyn New York. Muslims are not all religious fanatics who want to blow themselves up.
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